General features of the cardiovascular system

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide a general overview of the cardiovascular system, to serve as a quick reference on the underlying physiological composition of this system. The rapid transport of molecules over long distances between internal cells, the body surface, and/or various specialized tissues and organs is the primary function of the cardiovascular system. This body-wide transport system is composed of several major components: blood, blood vessels, the heart, and the lymphatic system. When functioning normally, this system adequately provides for the wide-ranging activities that a human can accomplish. Failure in any of these components can lead to grave consequence. Subsequent chapters will cover, in greater detail, the anatomical, physiological, and/or pathophysiological features of the cardiovascular system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Pages3-12
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781588294432
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

Keywords

  • Blood
  • Blood flow
  • Blood vessels
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Coronary circulation
  • Heart
  • Lymphatic system

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    Iaizzo, P. A. (2005). General features of the cardiovascular system. In Handbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices: Second Edition (pp. 3-12). Humana Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-60327-372-5_1